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Topic - John Ramirez Jr.
Scaffolding climbs the walls of the new elementary school in Salinas, an agricultural city celebrated as John Steinbeck's birthplace but plagued by gang violence.
But Mr. Ramirez said the new school, to be completed by June, is a step in the right direction — a magnet school where each student will receive a computer tablet to bridge the technology gap many poor students face.
"The real issue here is cultural citizenship," Mr. Ramirez said, "and part of citizenship is when people choose to name streets after their heroes."